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Solid ratings start for GB News

Solid ratings start for GB News
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The launch of new news channel GB News pulls in a peak of over 330,000 viewers.

The launch of new news channel GB News pulled in a peak of over 330,000 viewers last night, according to early figures.

The new station aims to challenge the incumbent news broadcasters with a lineup of debate and opinion-led programming rather than the traditional rolling news format.

GB News launched at 8pm with a special programme, Welcome To GB News, hosted by channel chairman and lead presenter Andrew Neil.

Early ratings figures reveal that it drew a decent average of 262,000 (1.7%) across the hour, peaking with 336,000 a few minutes in.

The first regular show, Tonight Live With Dan Wootton, followed between 9pm and midnight with an average of 152,000 (1.3%) and a peak of 282,000 (1.8%) at 9.59pm.

By contrast, the BBC News channel averaged 139,000 (1.2%) over the same three-hour period, while Sky News had 71,000 (0.6%).

Media Mole's ratings data is supplied by overnights.tv
Note: Figures include VOSDAL figures and viewing on +1 channels where available

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ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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